Welcome to McCarthy & Kennicott Alaska!
Residents of the Wrangells
McCarthy, Alaska. “Where the road ends, and the wilderness begins.” Speaking of the road, the McCarthy Road started life as the Copper River & Northwestern Railway. It runs from Chitina to McCarthy, a distance of approximately 59 miles. Before driving check out the McCarthy Road Blog on this page to the right.
Kennicott. “In the heart of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.” Located four miles beyond Kennicott River, access is by shuttle bus, bicycle or foot. Check our Visitor’s Guide for a listing of services.
A Visitor’s Guide to Kennicott & McCarthy is published each spring, about May first. Visit the online version or request a printed copy by mail.
The Wrangell St. Elias News is a local news magazine, published at McCarthy. According to National Park Historian Geoff Bleakley, “[this] widely circulated local newspaper, the Wrangell St. Elias News, has probably done more to promote tourism in the Kennecott-McCarthy region than any effort yet instituted by the NPS.”
The WSEN B&B is operated by Rick & Bonnie Kenyon, who also publish the Wrangell St. Elias News. It is located on one of the old original homesteads, about 2 miles from the Kennicott River bridge. (The side you can drive to!)
The McCarthy B&B is also on the “driving side” of the river, about mile 59 on the McCarthy Road. Next is the Glacier View Campground. The Kennicott River Lodge is just beyond, on the left, at mile 59 1/2. Cross the River into McCarthy, and the McCarthy Lodge provides lodging, food and a gift shop.
The Coalition for Access to McCarthy, or C.A.M. is a local advocacy group that promotes better access to and in the McCarthy-Kennicott area, while R.O.W. stands for the Residents of the Wrangells. (Park-wide users group.)
NPS War in the Wrangells at the American Land Rights website shows a side of the National Park Service that many Americans have never seen.
Interested in Property Rights? Check out the extensive site run by our dear friend Julie K. Smithson down in Ohio.
Also, the Mat-Su Valley News has up-to-date Alaskan property rights news.
Todd Salat has some impressive photos of our beautiful area as well as the rest of this great state of Alaska.
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